WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn,. Day 3: Australia and USA top groups heading into quarterfinals
Australia and United States of America won their groups on the third day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Waves Aquatic Centre in Auckland (NZL).
In Group A, China needed sudden-death in the penalty shootout to beat Brazil 15-14. It was Brazil’s second successive penalty shootout loss, having earned a chance with a 9-9 equalising goal inside the final two minutes. The win was good enough for second place in the group for China.
United States of America, eight times a winner of the Super Final, breezed home against Kazakhstan in a week where cruisy matches are the exception. The 15-6 scoreline not only showed how well the USA has improved since day one, but also how well Kazakhstan responded to the lift in playing quality. Both teams said, however, that they had plenty of room to improve.
WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 2: Defending champ USA bursts the floodgates against China
Reigning champion United States of America overcame 2013 champion China 8-2 on the second day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Wave Aquatic Centre in Auckland (NZL).
In the Group A match, USA needed a six-goal burst in the final six minutes to break a 2-2 deadlock that had the multiple champion team scoreless for the previous 20 minutes of play. It also meant a second straight win. Brazil and Kazakhstan battled hard in their encounter with Brazil coming back to level the match five times for 8-8 at fulltime, only to lose the shootout 12-11 to a joyful Kazakhstan.